Train table / play table

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Project by EthanC posted 12-27-2009 10:25 PM 3589 views 8 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The table is poplar and uses a bed type construction with bolts through the head and foot board legs into nuts in recessed pockets in the rails. The play surface sits on cleats all around the table. The train pieces are stuck on the table with brads and the risers for the tracks are glued on with gorilla glue. A layer of white formica laminate is on the opposite side of the train table stuck on with contact cemant so it can be flipped over into a play area for play dough, coloring, blocks etc. Someday I’ll put some casters on it. The train pieces are the Melissa and doug set that goes for about $90. The table has one coat of Bullseye seal coat then two coats of general finishes poly.

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#1 posted 12-28-2009 12:12 AM

nice now go and play with the kid´s they will love you for it


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#2 posted 12-29-2009 01:24 AM

Cool play table. That is really nice.

-- Doug, Reed City, Michigan

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#3 posted 01-02-2010 12:47 AM

The Melissa and Doug tracks must fit together better than the cheap asian ones my son has. I’ve screwed them all down, but the gaps in the joints are so bad, I’ve considered filling them and sanding to make them line up right.

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#4 posted 04-11-2014 07:02 PM

That is a great idea! I thought your pic was upside down at first. lol Very nicely done Ethan!

-- Steve in Lawrenceville, GA -

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#5 posted 04-11-2014 07:07 PM

Awesome! My kid’s are 10 now and I bought something like yours minus the flipping part. Wish I would have built this. Your kids should love it.

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